Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on December 5, 2018
Q: According to reports, the US side warned on December 4 that Russia has 60 days to become compliant with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty or the US would also cease obeying it. What is your comment? The US side also said that it has asked China many times to join the INF Treaty but was turned down every time. What is your response?
A: On your first question, the INF Treaty has played an important role in easing international relations, advancing nuclear disarmament process and maintaining global strategic balance and stability. It is still highly relevant today. A unilateral withdrawal from it will cause negative impacts on many fronts.
On your second question, the INF Treaty is a bilateral one reached between the US and the former USSR. China opposes its multilateralization. Meanwhile, China's national defense policy is defensive in its nature, and we have been adopting a highly restrained attitude when it comes to developing our military forces. We have no intention to and will not threaten any other countries.
Q: I am just wondering whether the Foreign Ministry has anything to add to the statement made by the Commerce Ministry on the China-US trade issues, including the comment on Trump saying on Twitter that he is a "tariff man"?
A: You may all have noted that this morning the spokesperson of the Commerce Ministry made an official statement on the China-US trade issues. As to the specifics you are interested in, I would still refer you to the Commerce Ministry.
What I can say here is that we hope that the working teams from China and the US could follow the consensus reached by the two heads of state to step up consultations and reach a mutually beneficial agreement at an early date.